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This red grape variety comes from Trentino-South Tyrol(Italy). The name probably derives from the Valle Lagarina in Trentino. Synonyms are Bauernlagrein, Blauer Lagrein, Burgundi Lagrein, Lagarino, Lagrain, Lagreinkretzer, Lagrino, Lagroin and Landschwarze. According to the latest DNA analyses carried out in 2021, it comes from a presumably natural cross between Schiava Gentile x Teroldego. The parent variety Schiava Gentile, however, is not certain according to other DNA analyses from 2006. A "Red Lagrein" (wine) is mentioned by the Tyrolean peasant leader Michael Gaismair (1490-1532) around 1525. However, the earliest mention of a Lagrein variety in a document from Gries near Bolzano from 1318 refers to a white wine. Until the 18th century, "Lagreiner" usually meant a white wine. Its identity is not clear, however, because it could have been Savagnin Blanc (Traminer) or Lagarino Bianco.

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